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Posted on in Dog Bites

New Braunfels dog bite injury lawyerEvery day, more than 1,000 people are rushed to the emergency room following a dog bite. Many times, due to the serious nature of their injuries, these victims require follow-up medical care or rehabilitative therapy. As a result, the average hospital bill in these cases easily eclipses $18,000, which is about 50 percent higher than the bill for other injury-related hospital stays. Finally, after the return home, many victims experience post-traumatic stress disorder-type symptoms. They often have flashbacks and nightmares; additionally, they may be afraid of dogs or even afraid to go outside. These symptoms are particularly common in children.

For the most part, the dog owner’s homeowner's insurance policy covers both economic and noneconomic damages.

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dog bites, animal attack, New Braunfels dog bite lawyerOne of the first major animal attacks of the year occurred at a North Side grade school.

A pit bull and Chihuahua found a gap in a newly-erected fence and entered the school yard while children were at recess. The dogs went on a rampage, biting three children and scratching another one. According to a district spokesperson, some of the children were “walking up and down playing with the dogs on the other side of the fence,” and subsequently “the dogs came into the playground.” Animal Care Services picked up the dogs, and placed them into quarantine.

At least one victim’s family filed a case with ACS. School officials say that the fence was immediately repaired.

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Posted on in Personal Injury
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Quite contrary to popular myth, dog bites are among the most serious personal injury events in South Central Texas and elsewhere.

Statistically, 1,000 Americans are rushed to the emergency room every day because of a dog bite. Most of the victims are children under 10, and most of the animals are molosser breed animals, including pit bulls, rottweilers, and boxers. Following their hospital stays, these victims leave with an average of $18,200 in medical bills, which is about twice the normal amount in personal injury hospital admissions, largely due to the frequency of reconstructive surgeries.

But the suffering is just beginning, especially for children. In the months and years after the attack, many of these victims suffer from lingering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. According to Dr. Larry Schmitt, a dog attack to a child is like a bear attack to an adult, but there is one significant difference. While adults will readily share the account of the bear attack, children are much more tentative, because they do not want to make their parents feel guilty about the attack.

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Posted on in Dog Bites

dog bite, lawyer, attorney, New Braunfels injury lawyerSummer is here and that means more people enjoying outdoor activities. Children are out of school and neighborhood streets are busy with activity. It also means more people, both children and adults, are at a greater risk of being bitten by a dog.

According to statistics from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), every year almost 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs. Half of those dog-bite victims are children. One in five victims has to seek medical treatment for the bites they receive. Almost 450,000 children need medical attention for the bites they get. In one year alone, 27,000 dog bite victims get bitten by dogs so badly they require reconstructive surgery.

Children between the ages of 5 and 9 years old are most at risk of receiving injuries from a dog bite. And men are more likely than women to be victims of dog bites.

Contrary to what most people think, there is no specific breed of dog that is more apt to bite than others. Any dog has the capacity of suddenly biting. It’s important for everyone to know how to behave around an unfamiliar dog, and it is especially critical to teach children how to react to a strange dog. The CDC offers these tips to share with children:
  • Never approach a dog you do not know;
  • Never run away from a dog;
  • Never scream at a dog;
  • Teach children to stay very still – “like a tree” – if a strange dog comes near them;
  • If a dog knocks them down, teach them how to roll themselves up into a ball and not to move;
  • Never play with a dog unless there is an adult supervising;
  • Teach children that if they see a dog they do not know, to stay away and tell an adult;
  • Never lift a hand up to pet a dog’s head. Always keep your hand by your side and let the dog sniff your hand first;
  • Never bother a dog who is sleeping or eating;
  • If you are bitten by a dog, tell an adult immediately.
If your child has been bitten by a dog, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the animal’s owner.

dog attack, dog bite, personal injury lawyer, personal injury attorney, Texas, New BraunfelsDogs can be friendly and many love when people pet them and play with them, but if a dog is mistreated or in a bad mood, he or she can become very dangerous. Dogs are just like any other animal in that they will do what it takes to protect themselves and their families from harm, and their weapons are their teeth. Dog bites can be extremely harmful to people and can lead to serious injuries.

 The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a study in 2010 that showed, over a 15 year period, Americans hospitalized for dog bites had nearly doubled. DogsBite.org released the study highlights as follows:
  • In 2008 alone, there were about 316,200 visits to the emergency department involving dog bites, which equals about 103.9 visits per every 100,000 people in the entire population. People that stayed in the hospital for dog bites made up about 9,500 of the total hospital stays, or 3.1 stays per 100,000 people. 
  • Males were seen in the emergency department for dog bites more than women at a rate of 110.4 men per 100,000 versus only 97.8 women per 100,000. There was no difference, however, in people staying in the hospital for dog bites.
  • Almost 75 percent of emergency department visits for dog bites were for patients 44 years and younger, but only half of the hospital stays were for this age group.
  • Emergency department visits for dog bites were about four times higher in rural areas than urban areas and about three times higher for hospital stays.
  • Common injuries from dog bites that are related to hospitalization include skin and close tissue infections; open wounds of legs and arms; open wounds of the head, neck, and trunk; and fractures of upper limbs.
  • Dog bite related emergency department visits were highest in the Midwest at 109.9 per 100,000, followed by the Northeast at 108.5 per 100,000, and lowest in the West at only 93.0 visits per 100,000 people. 
  • Dog bite related hospital stays were highest in the Northeast at 3.9 stays per 100,000 people and lowest in the West at 2.5 stays per 100,000 people.
  • More than 40 percent of emergency department visits and inpatient stays for dog bites injuries were billed to private insurance companies.
  • On average, a hospital stay for a dog bite related injury was about $18,200, which is about 50 percent higher than an average stay for injuries.
If you have been bitten by a dog and you have suffered a serious injury, our attorneys can help you with your case, which may lead to compensation for medical bills and suffering. Contact our accident attorneys in New Braunfels, Texas today.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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